London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
MONET, Claude (1840-1926). Autograph letter signed ('Claude Monet') to [André Barbier], Giverny, 5 August 1924, thanking him for a pair of spectacles, though the results are disappointing, as he sees too many distant details, as if through opera glasses; by contrast, the glasses supplied by Dr Mawas are perfect now that the lenses have been tinted; he continues to work with difficulty and in spite of the terrible weather ('J'ai reçu les lunettes ... résultat: défectueux, (bien qu'il faut s'habituer à de nouveaux verres) mais j'y vois trop de détails lointains, cela m'a fait l'effet de jumelles de théâtre. Par contre, les lunettes de Mawas [sont] parfaites depuis qu'elles sont teintées ... Je continue à travailler avec bien du mal et avec un temps désespérant'), 2 pages, 8vo, envelope.
Monet had had a cataract operation on his right eye in January 1923; his refusal to have the left eye operated, and the consequent divergence in colour perception and acuity between the two eyes, was to cause him intense difficulty, and could only partially be rectified by glasses.
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